Enchanting heritage hotels, horseback safari & Taj Mahal
Silent hallways suffused with silvery moonlight, filtering through ornate balconies, now and then coming alive with the delicate footfalls of a comely maiden and the swish of her “Ghaghara” (Indian skirt), seeking her beloved: images that make up romantic tales since the first one was narrated by some animated village raconteur to a rapt audience on an equally silent tropical night; his voice betraying every emotion of that anxious girl! Hushed corridors and frightened young women, sneaking out of their homes to meet their lovers, are metaphors used by the tellers of romances all over the world. But the settings in Rajasthan make it appear as if all that happened nowhere but here! Sand dunes bathed in moonlight, palm trees swaying gently in the midnight breeze, anxious lovers whispering undying love for each other in deep shadows cast by imposing forts standing stoically, keeping a timeless vigil, as the inhabitants sleep soundly within all scenes from Rajasthan a land that has chivalry and romance seeping out from every grain of sand. What better place for a celebratory break for the newlyweds and the evergreen romantic!
“Rangeelo Rajasthan” is a festive journey specially designed for honeymooners and couples planning their wedding anniversaries!
All accommodation has been selected with the utmost care and diligence, keeping in mind the spirit of the tour and colors of Rajasthan. So, take pleasure in the marvels of this desert state: menacing yet magnificent forts, fairy-tale palaces, lilting music and lively dances, and fine rides on famous Marwari horses, across open fields and through idyllic villages, with distant views of the Aravalli hills. Camp in the wilderness, like maharajas, and gyrate to the music and dance of the Thar Desert! In spite of all the grandeur of Rajasthan, a romantic journey to India would be incomplete without a visit to the lake city of Udaipur, and the ultimate cherry on the cake, that most enchanting of all monuments created by man the Taj Mahal. This wonderful celebratory interlude begins in Agra, and concludes in Udaipur!
Arrival TimeMidnight or Late night
Final DepartureDelhi or Mumbai
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and Light
Tour Itinerary : - Rangeelo Rajasthan
Day 1, Arrive Delhi:
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall. Meeting and assistance upon arrival with a traditional welcome of garlanding and transfer to the hotel (the room being held from 1400 hrs).
Overnight in Delhi
Day 2, Delhi:
After leisurely breakfast, set off to explore Old and New Delhi, what India’s Capital Delhi has to offer. The visit of Old Delhi includes a drive past the Red Fort (closed on Monday), built-in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk is one of the liveliest places in Old Delhi which happened to be the imperial avenue where Emperor Shah Jehan rode at the head of the royal parade. Now, Chandni Chowk is full of shops, ateliers and stalls. After this, we will head to New Delhi to visit India Gate which was built as a war memorial for the soldiers who were killed during WW I. Next, we will visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Viceroy’s imperial residence which was built in the 20th century. Today, it is used as Parliament and official residence of the President of India. After exploring this royal building, we will explore the first Mughal garden tomb, Humayun’s Tomb built in the 16th century. The emperor’s senior widow and mother of Akbar, Hamida Begum built this tomb. We will finish our day after visiting Qutub Minar, a 70-meter high minaret standing majestically since 1311 AD.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 3, Delhi to Agra: 205 km - about 4 to 5 hrs
This morning, after an early breakfast, drive to Agra - India’s capital during the 16th and 17th centuries, the city is home to an outstanding collection of Mughal architecture. (Check in at the hotel is only available from 1400 hrs)
This afternoon we visit Itmad-ud-Daulah – It is said that the iconic monument, Taj Mahal was inspired by the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. That is the reason, this white marble mausoleum is also known as ‘Baby Taj.’ This wonderful piece of Mughal architecture is worth visiting.
In the evening visit Mehtab Bagh during sunset for a mesmerizing view of the Taj Mahal on the other side.
Overnight in Agra
Experience: Indian train travel is always an experience. The fastest way to reach Agra could be by train. Shatabdi Express: 0600/0815 hrs or India's first bullet train Gatimaan Express: 0810/0950 hrs.
Day 4, Agra:
This morning, we start early (during the sunrise, visit the world famous Taj Mahal, set within the paradise gardens. The whole Taj complex measures 580 by 300 m and the garden 300 by 300 m. The guiding principle is one of symmetry. There are four minarets each 41.6 m high, built on all the four corners of the platform which balance the tomb.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Late morning, visit Agra Fort – on the west end of the Yamuna River, Akbar’s magnificent fort dominates the center of the city. The outer walls tower above the outer moat faced with red sandstone, with a height of around 20 minutes. With a long almost straight wall that faces the river, the fort is built in a crescent shape. The afternoon is at leisure.
This evening, we set out once again to visit the long-standing symbol of love and devotion, The Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Agra
Day 5, Agra to Jaipur: 265 km about 5 to 6 hrs
This morning, after breakfast, drive to the ‘Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan with a stop along the way at the deserted 16 century city of Fatehpur Sikri, the most important artistic center in South Asia in its heyday.
After the visit, breakfast drive to the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. The Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the City of Victory in 1727. Built from rose-coloured terra cotta, it is a well-planned
In the evening, visit Hawa Mahal before participating in the evening prayer ceremony in the Govindji temple. The peaceful transcending end to the day is by a visit to the Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, located in the City Palace. It is one of the most followed temples of Jaipur and the royal family is a great devotee of this temple. There is daily aarti (prayer) at different times of which the most spectacular is in the evening.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 6, Jaipur:
After leisurely breakfast, drive to the nearby 16th century hilltop fortress of Amber, ascending the tortuous paved pathway to the fort on a four-wheel. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medieval Rajput capital, with its palaces and richly decorated apartments, was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur.
Afternoon, visit the Jantar Mantar and the City Palace.
Jantar Mantar is the astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century by the astronomer king Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, consisting mainly of 18 stone instruments that help to interpret the position of celestial bodies and calculate local time. It is no longer a working science center but is maintained as a monument by the archeological department and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The City Palace Museum includes the Mubarak Mahal (The Palace of Reception) where Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II museum is housed which showcase an exceptional collection of delicate Pashmina shawls, royal costumes, Sanganeri prints, embroidery, Benaras silk sarees, etc.
Overnight in Jaipur
Experience – Cycling In Pink City or Heritage Walk
Day 7, Jaipur to Jodhpur: 350 km about 7 hrs
This morning, after early breakfast, Jodhpur dubbed the blue city of Rajasthan, with a stop along the way at Ajmer, a true religious city, its mosques, its courtyards and its shops of religious articles vibrate with this ardent religious fervor punctuating the local life. The tomb of Moinuddin Chisti is also a high place of pilgrimage in India.
After the visit, continue to drive to the historic Jodhpur once a powerful princely state at the edge of the Thar Desert, echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Surrounded by a 10km long, high wall with 8 gates and countless bastions, the city was built with the purpose of defense and protection. The city’s lifestyle is colourful and culturally rich; people here put on multi-coloured costumes which have been artistically and creatively designed.
Evening, walk through the Old Clock Tower Market. Jodhpur is famous all over the world for handicrafts in wood, iron. Stroll around the Safar Bazaar (also the main market) which is primarily known for the iconic Clock Tower. The market remains busy with shoppers, vendors, passersby, vehicles, from bicycles to cow herds. This chaotic yet vibrant atmosphere gives a hands-down experience of the local culture.
Overnight in Jodhpur
Day 8, Jodhpur to Rohet: 40 km about 1.5 hr
This morning, after early breakfast, visit Jaswant Thada - the 19th century white marble royal memorial built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
Later, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive and formidable structures. The fort is unconquerable from the outside. A winding gate approaches the four gates. Inside the fort, there are several marvelous palaces that have been decorated with intricate carvings on the panels along with latticed windows.
This afternoon, we proceed through a scenic drive to Rohetgarh - a warm fortified ancestral home built in 1622 AD still alive with old traditions of the local ruling family. The family’s passion for horses goes back several generations, and they own some of the finest Marwari steeds. Later in the afternoon, visit the family cenotaphs. Roam around the village, shop for leatherwares and use your bargaining skills. Shop silver jewelry, metalware, fabrics, etc.
Overnight in Rohet
Day 9, Rohet:
This morning after breakfast, ride out to explore the Bishnoi villages. The Bishnois are a community that follows the 29 (Bishnoi) tenets laid down by the 15th century Guru Jambeshwar. They fervently believe in the sanctity of animal and plant life so all animals live near their villages without fear. These nomadic tribals are environmentalists in the most fundamental sense, preserving the wilds in scientific and logical routines evolved over the centuries of living with nature. In the villages of other tribes, you can watch the opium ceremony which is a ritual for welcoming guests in a traditional form. Later return to the hotel by the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure - you are free to relax and enjoy the facilities or you can also explore the villages around on foot.
Overnight in Rohet
Day 10, Ride to wilderness camp:
This morning after a relaxed breakfast, we ride towards the camp through the scenic countryside - Situated 17 km west of Rohetgarh on a small dune amid nature and total wilderness. The small dunes are considered to be the highest point of an otherwise smooth landscape. Kr. Sidharth Singh owns this camp. His knowledge about this area will mesmerize you and his horse safari will make your stay wonderful. On arrival, we check into the camp. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the areas around.
Overnight at Wilderness Camp
Day 11, Wilderness Camp to Narlai : 100 km about 2.5 hrs
This morning after leisurely breakfast, drive to Narlai – a small, idyllic, busy village located in the heart of Aravalli Hills. We check-in at the retreat, Rawla Narlai tucked away in natural settings steeped in history. Rawla(fortress) is a place to retreat for many members of the loyal Royal family. Later in the afternoon, we trek(around 30 minutes) to a small hill where there is a Shiva temple and also to witness the sunset.
Overnight in Narlai
Day 12, Narlai:
This morning, we have a relaxed breakfast.
Today after breakfast, we ride past scenic villages and fields, with distant views of the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
We will stop by the beautiful Muthana Lake; birdlife around this lake is captivating.
We then ride across a beautiful rocky outcrop and open fields dotted with small bushes.
Overnight in Narlai
Day 13, Narlai to Udaipur: 140 km, about 3 hrs
This morning after a leisurely breakfast drive to Venice of the East, Jewel of Mewar, Udaipur with en route visit of the famous Ranakpur Temple(temples are open between 1200 hrs till 1600 hrs), famous for its marvelous complex of finely ornamented Jain temples. This afternoon we will visit many temples. One of them is Adinatha which is the most praiseworthy building of the complex. There are 1,444 pillars which have been engraved; the astonishing fact is that all the pillars have unique carvings; none of the pillars are engraved with similar.
After the visit, continue driving to the romantic Lake City of Udaipur, tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills. The regally romantic city is a symphony of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills and has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes.
Overnight in Udaipur
Day 14, Udaipur:
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, visit the City Palace. This opulent palace overlooks Lake Pichola, standing on the crest of a ridge. The palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace which was constructed in parts at different periods however the synchronization in the design and construction is wonderful and is glorified by impressive towers in octagonal shapes which have been surmounted by many cupolas. Later, we will visit the garden of handmaidens, Sahelion-ki-Bari which is an extraordinary example of Hindu landscape and gardening art on a princely scale. A profusion of fountains surrounds opulent pools which are decorated with cenotaphs and soft black coloured stones. The 17th century Jagdish Temple is famous for its Garuda statue built of bronze. In Hindu mythology, Gardu is a mythical bird related to Lord Vishnu. While you take a walk through a narrow street in the bazaar, you will find lots of shops, stalls and ateliers. Evening, experience the beauty of royal Rajasthan on a boat ride along Lake Pichola overlooking the magnificent Lake.
Overnight in Udaipur
Day 15, Udaipur to Delhi or Udaipur to Mumbai: Flight
This morning you are at leisure.
Later in the day, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Delhi or Mumbai for your onward international flight back home taking back sweet memories of the Rangeelo Rajasthan.
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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions
Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
02 paying persons in a Double Room
Validity - January till March 2021.
• Accommodations in one room for 15 days/14 nights
• Meal plan
✓ Buffet Breakfast at all cities except in the Camp, where it is on Half board basis - (Buffet Breakfast, and Dinner)
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car
✓ Beginning with the pickup at Delhi International airport on Day 01 till drop at Udaipur airport on Day 14
• Meet and greet services in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur only.
• One time entrance fees to the monuments/temples/parks as per the itinerary
• Cycle Rickshaw ride in the market of Chandini Chowk in Old Delhi (02 persons in a Rickshaw)
• Village safari in Rohet on Day 09
• Half day Horse Safari in Rohet on Day 09.
• Half day Horse safari from Rohet to Wilderness Camp on day 10
• Countryside Jeep safari in Narlai on Day 11
• Horse safari to Kumbhalgarh on Day 12
• Audio guide during visit of Jain Temple at Ranakpur on Day 13
• Shared boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur on Day 14
• Services of English speaking local guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary:
> Day 02 Full day in Delhi.
> Day 03 Half day in Agra
> Day 04 Full Day in Agra
> Day 05 Half day in Fatehpur Sikri
> Day 06 Half day in Jaipur.
> Day 07 Full day in Jaipur.
> Day 08 Half day in Jodhpur
> Day 14 Full day in Udaipur.
• Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
> Airfare(economy class)
✓ Udaipur to Delhi or Udaipur to Mumbai
• All currently applicable taxes
• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Elephant ride during visit of Amber Fort in Jaipur
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
• Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”
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